I have done and seen a lot of different types of work and I have to say dairy farming is right at the top of the list of thankless jobs.
To top it off it’s not just the hours, it’s the whole business model. Milk prices are set but everything else is a variable you have no control over. The government mandates that corn has to be used for fuel and that drives the supply and demand for feed because it’s much more profitable to sell for gasohol. That drives the price of fuel and that is a big factor in farming of all types. Corn is in everything you eat almost as it’s a sweetener also. That brings up all food costs.
Most farmers are farmers because it’s in their blood and it’s hard to change from the only thing they know. Selling out a dairy happens every day around here, and they are switching to crops only or something like that.